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Stakeholders engage in Writeshop to come up with document for Bangsamoro Normalization Program

Cotabato City- Peace stakeholders gathered in Pasig City yesterday and engaged in a writeshop aimed at producing the program document for the Normalization Program in the Bangsamoro.

GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Nabil Tan said that, “Crafting the program document will hopefully set the modalities and parameters in executing the programs, thus providing us with uniformity, consistency, and timeliness in our actions,” a report by OPAPP said. 

Among those in attendance were representatives from the GPH-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panels, GPH-MILF peace mechanisms, Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and World Bank (WB), Institute for Bangsamoro Studies (IBS), Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the OPAPP report said.

USec Tan thanked the international partners that supported the Normalization process.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm and the assistance of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Development Academy of the Philippines, World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme for their assistance,” he said.

WB consultant Marcelo Fabre commended the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for their commitment to pursue peace and development.

“This is the chance of a lifetime to address poverty and injustice. A chance to break that cycle and to make a difference,” Fabre said.

The Annex on Normalization is contained in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed in 2012, and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed in 2014 where the GPH and MILF were transformed from parties in negotiation to partners in implementation of the agreement.